Well the years almost over, i hope you all had a wonderful time with your family. But with the end of the holidays some of you may be into cash. With next gen around the corner i will do my best to convince you to get on pc instead instead of a new console.Considering i just finished a new build(specs of my current build will be posted at the end of this little guide.) Direct links will be at bottom of post as well.
Okay so lets start with your processor. The thing what runs that thing what you play them video-majegers on. Anyways well be using the AMD A10-5800K 3.8GHz Processor. This Amd apu with integrated graphics equivalent to the Amd 6670 will give you a great amount of bang for your buck.
Your motherboard is another key and integral part of your build. You'll want something that gives you the best bang for your buck. For this i chose the ASRock FM2A75M-DGS MATX FM2. Theres nothing fancy about this board but it does what we need it to do. It is worth noting the usb 3.0 header support.
Apu's work using system ram, the faster the ram you use the better. But were also trying to be cost conscious well me using the G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series DDR3 1600MHz. Not the fastest but at 54 dollars its quite good, the heat on the ram will allow for a slight overclock if you want that performance boost from the apu.
This hard-drive is nothing special but it works, and it's cheap, and that what we want in this build. So for that were using the Seagate Barracuda 500gb 7200rpm. Its a relatively fast enough hard-drive and will work as intended. The 500gigs will allow for lots of games installs before you need to get a new one with more capacity.
This case is nothing special but it allows decent airflow, gives moderate enough room, and gives you an elegantly simplistic look to your rig. It also has a usb 3.0 port, allowing you to take advantage of that usb 3.0 header on the motherboard.
The one part of this build we wont cheap out on. In fact the one part of a build you should never cheap out on is the power supply. If you do find one better for cheaper good for you, but make sure its from a well recommended brand(thermal take, Corseair, Cooler Master, Sesonic,Antec,Enermax,XFX are some) also make sure it's 80 plus certified. If not the psu could fry your system and a fried system is a useless system, as well as a waste of good cash.
The total price for this system is around $381 dollars, and this system would handle 1080p and 720p gaming pretty well. I aimed for $400 or under, that likely what the next gen consoles will cost and i aimed to give you something that would likely compete with it while leaving room for upgrades when you felt the inclination to do so. With steam's holiday sale on as well...
Cpu:Core i5 3570k(cm hyper 212 evo)
Ram:1300mhz patriot memeory
Gpu:2x Gtx560 2gb in sli
Mobo:Msi Z77a G-45
Case:Cm Storm Enforcer
Psu:750w 80plus bronze thermaltake